France striker Kevin Gameiro signs four‑year deal at Atlético Madrid
The France striker Kevin Gameiro has joined Atlético Madrid on a four-year deal from fellow La Liga side Sevilla, last season’s Champions League finalists announced on Saturday.
Gameiro, 29, scored 67 goals in three years at Sevilla and though no financial details of the transfer were released, media reports suggested Atlético signed the France forward for an initial fee in the region of £28m (€32m).
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“Atlético Madrid and Sevilla FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Kevin Gameiro to our club. The striker, who will sign for four seasons, will travel to Madrid this evening,” Atlético said in a statement. “The transfer is contingent to the French player successfully undergoing a medical examination.”
Gameiro’s arrival is also likely put an end to Atlético’s hopes of re-signing the striker Diego Costa from Chelsea. “Diego Costa is our player,” the Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, said this month. “He’s a fantastic player with fundamental importance. He’s very happy and is working hard.”
Meanwhile, the Atlético forward Luciano Vietto has moved in the opposite direction by joining Sevilla on a season-long loan, with the Europa League champions having the option of reaching a permanent deal during the next summer transfer window.
Atlético Madrid finished third in La Liga last term and begin the new season at home against Deportivo Alavés on 21 August.